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Jack Snipe,
Thornton Res
14th October 2013
© Andy Smith

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Garganey,
Eyebrook Res
15th October 2013
© Pete Dams

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Leach's Petrel,
Rutland Water
13th October 2013
© Matthew Berriman
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Leach's Petrel,
Rutland Water
13th October 2013
© Richard Bayldon

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Grey Phalarope,
Rutland Water
13th October 2013
© Matthew Berriman
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Grey Phalarope,
Rutland Water
13th October 2013
© Richard Bayldon

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Female Ring-necked Duck,
Eyebrook Res
12th October 2013
© Matthew Berriman

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Drake Ring-necked Duck,
Eyebrook Res
12th October 2013
© Matthew Berriman

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Juvenile Gannet,
Eyebrook Res
11th October 2013
© Andy Mackay

OCTOBER 2013

Tuesday 29th

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck off the island.

Rutland Water: Bittern, Lagoon 3; 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Beacon Hill: 3 Bramblings 100m east of the summit, also 15 Crossbills further east the the bottom of the sheep paddock.

Monday 28th

Rutland Water: 4 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm; 1st-winter Little Gull, South Arm 3, also 4 Dunlin on the island & Ringed Plover, Old Hall; 2 Stonechats, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Whooper Swans still + female Ring-necked Duck reported.

Stanford Res: Osprey still.

Sunday 27th

Deans Lane: 9 Crossbills feeding in the larch just west of the viewpoint this morning, also another 16 at the Outwoods.

Eyebrook Res: 7 Whooper Swans still, also 1st-winter Med Gull & Dunlin.

Bardon Hill: 2 Bramblings & 1 Woodcock on the mound this morning.

North Luffenham Airfield: late (Greenland) Wheatear ringed.

Stanford Res: Osprey still.

Brascote Pits: 1 Green Sandpiper.

Bradgate Park: juv Red-crested Pochard of unknown origin (although aren't they all really!) on the River Lin.

Saturday 26th

Rutland Water: 3 Black-necked Grebes, North Arm.

Brascote Pits: Jack Snipe landed in vegetation by the lake/footpath.

Friday 25th

Rutland Water: Yellow-browed Warbler calling at the end of Tim's road (Burley Fishponds/North Arm) this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: 4 Dunlin. (also 2 Ruddy Shelducks, which have been present for a while, but as with all recent records of this species in Britain there is no evidence that these are anything other than escaped/feral birds, so I shan't be mentioning them here again!)

Saddington Res: 1 Green Sandpiper.

Brascote Pits: 1 Green Sandpiper.

Wednesday 23rd

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still from the hide + 7 Whooper Swans still at the inflow.

Rutland Water: 2 Black-necked Grebes & 5 Red-crested Pochards (4 drakes), North Arm; male Stonechat, Lagoon 1 (from visitor centre); Greenshank, Crake hide.

Tuesday 22nd

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still south of the island.

Cossington Meadows: Black-tailed Godwit, Tern Pool.

Monday 21st

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still south of the island.

Sunday 20th

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still south of the island, also 7 Whooper Swans & 3 Red-crested Pochards.

Bardon Hill: Ring Ouzel on the mound this morning + 9 Bramblings over.

Frolesworth Manor Farm: 2 Bramblings over this morning.

Brascote Pits: 1 Green Sandpiper.

Saturday 19th

Rutland Water: unconfirmed report of Great White Egret, Lagoon 1 this afternoon.

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still south of the island & 7 Whooper Swans at the inflow.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: adult Med Gull this morning.

Friday 18th

Rutland Water: Black-necked Grebe, 2 Grey Plovers & 5 drake Red-crested Pochards, North Arm.

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still, also 7 Whooper Swans at the inflow & adult Med Gull briefly, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Ruff & 1 Dunlin.

Thursday 17th

For info only, as a reminder of what might be out there waiting to be found: a Yellow-browed Warbler was at a private site near Empingham this morning. No possibility of any access, but there must be more Yellow-broweds and possibly other eastern vagrants lurking in the county after the falls on the east coast recently.

Rutland Water; Pectoral Sandpiper still, North Arm, also Whooper Swan; 2 Grey Plovers, Lagoon 4; 2 Bramblings, Robin hide (Lax Hill); Jack Snipe & pair of Stonechat, Wet Meadow.

Eyebrook Res: female/imm Ring-necked Duck still south of the island; 4 adult & 3 juv Whooper Swans at the inflow.

Deans Lane: 10 Bramblings over this morning.

Wednesday 16th

Eyebrook Res: 14 Whooper Swans at the inflow, but 7 flew off due to disturbance from shooting.

Thornton Res: 3 Bramblings at the Markfield end, by the ploughed field.

Tuesday 15th

Rutland Water: female/imm Ring-necked Duck (considered NOT to be the bird from Eyebrook), Lapwing hide; Pectoral Sandpiper still, North Arm; Rock Pipit at the dam; Garganey, Manton Bay; Garganey & Greenshank, Lagoon 1 + Marsh Harrier, Egleton reserve; 2 Grey Plovers still, North Arm; Red-crested Pochard, South Arm 3; 2+ Scaup, Lagoon 3/South Arm 3.

Eyebrook Res: 21 Whooper Swans still at the inflow this morning, but 14 left after disturbance from shooting, also 1 Ruff; Garganey, 3 Dunlin & 3 drake Red-crested Pochards at the island. No sign of Yellow-browed Warbler or Ring-necked Ducks today.

Stanford Res: 1st-winter Little Gull & Osprey still.

Saddington Res: 2 Green Sandpipers.

Monday 14th

Eyebrook Res: Yellow-browed Warbler still this morning, in willows just inside the gate at Stoke Dry car park. Calling occasionally but elusive again. Also 14 Whooper Swans (3 juveniles) at the inflow.

Rutland Water: Pectoral Sandpiper still, North Arm + Great Skua, 6 Common Scoters, 2 Rock Pipits & 60 Bramblings at Normanton Park Hotel (+ other smaller parties over)..

Thornton Res: Jack Snipe & Rock Pipit on the dam.

Stanford Res: 1st-winter Little Gull & Osprey still.

Sunday 13th

Apologies if I've missed anything for today - there was rather a lot around!

Rutland Water: Leach's Petrel between the dam and Normanton Church till dusk; Grey Phalarope at south end of the dam; at least 3, possibly 5 Great Skuas through today; 7+ Rock Pipits (one at south end of the dam, 5 with Meadow Pipits between the dam and Normanton and 1 or 2 at Old Hall); 5 Brent Geese flew over the dam; female/imm Red-breasted Merganser South Arm 3 (Old Hall/island area), also pair of Common Scoters there; Pectoral Sandpiper still in the North Arm + Little Gull; adult Little Gull, Main Water; 23 Whooper Swans flew east; juv Marsh Harrier, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: Yellow-browed Warbler in the plantation, just inside the gate by Stoke Dry car park - calling occasionally, but elusive; drake & female Ring-necked Ducks still; 21 Whooper Swans still at the inflow this morning at least.

Watermead CP Birstall: 2 juvenile Gannets circled then flew south early afternoon. Nearby, Rock Pipit, King Lear's Lake.

Coalville: Gannet flew south at 15:35.

Swithland Res: adult Red-throated Diver off the dam till 15:20 when it flew off high to the north-east.

Near Stretton: 15 Whooper Swans flew over at dusk.

Frolesworth Manor Lake: adult Little Gull briefly at 08:25 then flew south.

Stanford Res: 1st-winter Little Gull & Osprey.

Saturday 12th

Rutland Water: Great Skua at the dam at c15:50, also Brent Goose & 6 Whooper Swans earlier; Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plovers & Greenshank, North Arm; Rock Pipit, end of Hambleton Peninsula; juv Arctic Tern off Edith Weston sailing club.

Eyebrook Res: drake & juv/female Ring-necked Duck + female Red-breasted Merganser at the island; 21 Whooper Swans roosted this evening.

Blaby: Gannet flew west at 10:30.

Swithland Res: Rock Pipit at the dam + 5 Whooper Swans on the north side.

Burton Lazars: Brambling at Burton flats on the Leesthorpe - Stapleford road.

Friday 11th

Rutland Water: Arctic Skua at the dam briefly mid afternoon; 3 Great Skuas flew south-west over Egleton Reserve at 12:50, and another on the water off the dam at 17:00; 2 Gannets flew south-west over the lagoons at 13:00, with another 4 west at 13:30, and an adult at the dam at 15:40; 2 1st-winter Kittiwakes west over Lax Hill at 12:30; Pectoral Sandpiper still at Crake hide.

Eyebrook Res: juv Gannet south of the island at 14:20, then flew up the reservoir towards the inflow and not seen again; Avocet & 6 Whooper Swans (3 adults, 3 juvs) at the inflow; juv Little Gull & Garganey south of the island.

Watermead CP South: female Common Scoter, also 30 Whooper Swans and 4 Fieldfares over this morning.

Thursday 10th

Rutland Water: Pectoral Sandpiper now at Crake hide.

Also several reports of large flocks of Redwings around today.

Wednesday 9th

Rutland Water: Pectoral Sandpiper, North Arm, on the rocky point straight out from the end of the road past Fishponds Cottage. Also 2 Grey Plovers & Black-necked Grebe; Little Stint still, South Arm island & Rock Pipit at the southern end of the dam.

Tuesday 8th

Rutland Water: Azorean Gull roosted on South Arm 3 island, also Little Stint, 23 Ringed Plovers & 11 Dunlin.

Wanlip Meadows: Jack Snipe this evening.

Monday 7th

Rutland Water: Azorean Gull, South Arm 3 from Old Hall late afternoon, also 15+ Ringed Plovers & several Dunlin; 6 Black-tailed Godwits, Lagoon 3 + 1 Hobby.

Sunday 6th

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Black Tern, 2 Greenshanks & 1 Green Sandpiper, Lagoon 3; Little Stint, South Arm island + 3 Black-necked Grebes, South Arm 3; Grey Plover, Lagoon 4; Grey Plover & Black-tailed Godwit, Lagoon 5; Black-necked Grebe, South Arm 1 (Heron hide); Yellow Wagtail, Goldeneye hide; Wheatear, Fishponds; 24 Ringed Plovers, Old Hall.

Eyebrook Res: juv Little Stint, Dunlin & 2 Ringed Plovers at the inflow.

Bardon Hill: 3 Bramblings over this morning.

Watermead CP North: 2 Ruff, 3 Dunlin & 1 Green Sandpiper.

Saturday 5th

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe, Lagoon 3.

Eyebrook Res: LRP, Ruff, 4 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover.

Watermead CP North: 2 Ruff, 3 Dunlin & 1 Green Sandpiper.

Friday 4th

Oakham: Yellow-browed Warbler calling again in the garden of 9 Wensum Close and seeming to associate with a tit flock, but no further sign after 14:16.

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe & Black-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3; Little Stint, South Arm island + drake Scaup, South Arm 3; LRP, Manton Bay.

Eyebrook Res: female Stonechat at the inflow, also 2 Dunlin + drake Red-crested Pochard at the island. NB the bridge is now open again.

Wednesday 2nd

Rutland Water: Jack Snipe & Black-necked Grebe, Lagoon 3; Black Tern, 2 Grey Plovers & 3 Greenshanks, North Arm; 5 Greenshanks, Lagoon 1.

Eyebrook Res: 5 Dunlin, 3 Ruff & 1 Ringed Plover.

Tuesday 1st

Oakham: Yellow-browed Warbler still present in garden of 9 Wensum Close this morning, calling occasionally and seen briefly at least once, but no further reports during the day and no sign of it this evening.

Rutland Water: 2 Grey Plovers, North Arm; Black Tern, South Arm; 1st-winter Little Gull & Garganey, Manton Bay; 2 Garganey at the dam; 2 Black-necked Grebes, Heron hide.

Eyebrook Res: 2 Dunlin & 2 Ruff at the inflow.

Cossington Meadows: Black-tailed Godwit still, Tern Pool.